Call for Papers on Agha Shahid Ali’s Poetry – May 15/12

Mad Heart, Be Brave: On the Work of Agha Shahid Ali
Edited by Kazim Ali

In the books Agha Shahid Ali published in his lifetime, he exerted an enormous influence over the contemporary poetry scene. Combining traditional forms with a distinctly experimental approach to language and the line, Ali was lauded by poets as varied as Anthony Hecht and John Hollander to Donald Revell and Michael Palmer. In the decade since his passing, Ali’s influence continues to be felt and with the recent publication of ‘The Veiled Suite: Collected Poems’ his work has been made available to a new generation of readers.

Essays critically engaging the poems of Agha Shahid Ali are invited for a collection focusing on his work.

Suggested topics include:

– Ali’s adaptation of traditional Western forms including the canzone, Sapphic stanzas, villanelle and pantoum
– Political uses of poetry, particularly the Kashmir conflict
– Ali’s adaptation of Eastern forms including the ghazal (written and sung) and nauha or mourning poem (particularly in Rooms Are Never Finished)
– Mythologies in Ali’s work (ranging from Brothers Grimm to Karbala stories)
– Innovations by Ali in the prose poem or lyric essay
– Essays that perform close readings on individual poems or sequences
– Ecopoetics in Ali’s work (particularly Nostalgist’s Map of America)
– Appropriation and collage in Ali’s work (particularly in Call Me Ishmael Tonight)
– Gender or sexuality in Ali’s work
– Postcoloniality in Ali’s work
– Ali’s pedagogy and work as a teacher, editor or translator

Suggested essay length: 3,000-6,000 words

Dateline for abstract/proposal of 250-500 words: May 15, 2012
Dateline for completed essays: October 1, 2012
Send abstract/proposal to Kazim Ali at:

Editor Bio
Kazim Ali is the author of three collections of poetry as well as four books of prose, including most recently Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence, published in the University of Michigan Poets on Poetry Series and is co-editor of Jean Valentine: “This-World Company,” published in the University of Michigan Press Under Discussion Series. He recently became co-editor of both series. Ali is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College.

From Summer Pervez

Call for Submissions: Vallum Magazine for Pakistani Poetry-Aug 31/11

Vallum Magazine is featuring a special issue on PAKISTANI POETRY
(Vol. 9:1 fall/winter 2011)

VALLUM 9:1 – PAKISTANThis special edition of Vallum will feature poetry, essays, and/or interviews from a Pakistani origin or perspective.

Also seeking submissions of unpublished work on any aspect of Pakistani poetry by Canadian or Landed Immigrants of Pakistani origin or Canadians interested in Pakistan.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2011

General Submission Guidelines
Vallum magazine is interested in poetry, prose poems, concrete poems, essays, interviews and reviews on poetry.

Length of submissions
Poetry : 4-7 poems Essay : 5-6 pages
Interview : 3-5 pages
Review : 1-3 pages
Letter to the editor : up to 1 page
Art : B&W or colour (art work must be available in high-resolution printout or electronic format.)

Vallum is interested in work that is
Original and previously unpublished.
Poetry that’s fresh and edgy, something that reflects contemporary experience and is also well-crafted.
Open to most styles – experimental and traditional.

Acquires First North American Serial Rights.
No simultaneous submissions.
Essay and review submissions must follow North American, MLA Style guidelines. Artwork can be colour and/or black and white. Colour is preferred for covers; black and white preferred to be featured inside magazine, but will consider colour.
Vallum is published twice a year.
Poems are accepted by regular mail only.
Essays, reviews, interviews, letters to the editor and art work can be sent by regular mail or through our Online Submission page.

P.O. Box 598, Victoria Stn
Montreal, Quebec
H3Z 2Y6

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